Taylor Memorial Arboretum

10 Ridley Drive
Wallingford, PA 19086


About Us:

The Taylor Memorial Arboretum was dedicated to the memory of Anne Rulon Gray, a local civic leader, by her husband Joshua Taylor. The couple had purchased the property in 1914 as a retreat from the hectic pace of Chester City. During the Great Depression and World War II, J.C. Taylor spent time here contemplating life's issues and planting some of the pines on the property. He passed in 1946 and the Trust that still funds the Arboretum was established.

Most of the plant collections and specimens that you will find here were planted between 1951 and 1959. There are a few State Champion trees on the grounds. The Giant Dogwood, the Korea Juniper, and the Lacebark Elm are the largest of their species in the state, Mature collection of dogwoods, magnolias and hollies are among the many other species that can be admired here. Presently we are working to bring the ecosystem into a more diverse and sustainable state. Invasive plant species such as Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora-rose and miler-a-minute weed are being removed. Plants native to the region including shadbush, viburnums and dogwoods are being added. This is a slow process as the invasive plants provide some habitation for the abundant wildlife found on the grounds. Time must be allowed for the new plantings to mature so they can provide the shelter and food needed to sustain the animal life.

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